Saturday, December 1, 2018

Vale Harald Siegfried Roland Lietz (3 April 1929 - 25 November 2018)

Photo:  Harald Lietz was a pioneer of primary school football in Tasmania

One of the pioneers of primary school football in the 1960s and 1970s, Harald Siegfrioed Roland Lietz, has passed away in Hobart aged 89.

Lietz coached Springfield Gardens Primary School to a State title in the days when primary school football was a thriving sport.

Born in Potsdam in Germany, Lietz survived heavy Allied bombing in World War II as a youngster.

His father was a prisoner of war in England and his mother died when he was just 10.

Lietz managed to escape East Germany after the war and lived in West Germany for a while before accepting a job in Australia and coming to Tasmania in 1952 aged 23.

He was an electrician by trade and worked in the Hydro villages in Tasmania, where he met his future wife, Marie.

Lietz was passionate about football and spent a couple of decades coaching youngsters.

He was also involved with Metro, for whom his sons played at senior level.

Lietz is survived by his wife, Marie, and by sons Roland, Derek and Brendan.

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